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Joseph Ruttenberg (1889–1983)

Four-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1893, at the age of four, his family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Boston. After schooling, he got his first job in 1907 working as a newsboy and personal runner for William Randolph Hearst's 'Boston American'. He was trained in ... See full bio »

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Known For

Gigi Cinematographer
Mrs. Miniver Cinematographer
The Philadelphia Story Cinematographer
The Great Waltz Cinematographer


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 1968 Speedway (director of photography)
 1966 The Oscar (director of photography)
 1965/I Harlow (director of photography)
 1965 Sylvia
 1963 Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (director of photography)
 1963 The Hook
 1961 Bachelor in Paradise (director of photography)
 1961 Ada
 1961 Two Loves
 1960 BUtterfield 8
 1959 Green Mansions (director of photography)
 1958 Gigi (director of photography)
 1957 Until They Sail (director of photography)
 1957 Man on Fire (director of photography)
 1957 The Vintage
 1956 The Magic Lamp (Short)
 1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me (director of photography)
 1956 Invitation to the Dance (segment ": "Sinbad the Sailor")
 1956 The Swan (director of photography)
 1955 Kismet (director of photography)
 1955 Interrupted Melody (director of photography)
 1955 The Prodigal
 1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris (director of photography)
 1954 Brigadoon
 1953 Latin Lovers (director of photography)
 1953 Julius Caesar
 1952 The Prisoner of Zenda (director of photography)
 1951 Too Young to Kiss (director of photography)
 1951 Kind Lady
 1951 The Great Caruso (director of photography)
 1951 Cause for Alarm! (director of photography)
 1950 The Big Hangover (uncredited)
 1950 Side Street (director of photography)
 1949 That Forsyte Woman (director of photography)
 1949 The Bribe (director of photography)
 1948 B.F.'s Daughter (director of photography)
 1947 Killer McCoy
 1947 Desire Me
 1945 Adventure
 1945 The Valley of Decision (director of photography)
 1944 The Thin Man Goes Home (uncredited)
 1944 Mrs. Parkington (director of photography)
 1944 Gaslight (director of photography)
 1943 Madame Curie (director of photography)
 1942 Nostradamus and the Queen (Short)
 1942 Random Harvest (director of photography)
 1942 Crossroads
 1942 Mrs. Miniver (director of photography)
 1942 Woman of the Year (director of photography)
 1941 Two-Faced Woman (director of photography)
 1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (director of photography)
 1941 Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
 1940 Comrade X (director of photography)
 1940 The Philadelphia Story (director of photography)
 1940 Waterloo Bridge (director of photography)
 1940 Broadway Melody of 1940 (director of photography)
 1939 Balalaika
 1939 The Women (director of photography)
 1939 On Borrowed Time (photographed by)
 1939 Tell No Tales
 1939 The Ice Follies of 1939 (photographed by)
 1938 Dramatic School (uncredited)
 1938 Spring Madness (photographed by)
 1938 The Great Waltz (photographed by)
 1938 The Shopworn Angel (photographed by)
 1938 Three Comrades (photographed by)
 1938 The First Hundred Years (photographed by)
 1938 Everybody Sing (photographed by)
 1937 Live, Love and Learn (uncredited)
 1937 Big City (photographed by)
 1937 A Day at the Races (photographed by)
 1936 Mad Holiday (photographed by)
 1936 Fury (photographed by)
 1936 Three Godfathers (photographed by)
 1936 Man Hunt
 1935 Gigolette (as John Ruttenberg)
 1934 Bubbling Over (Short)
 1934 Sea Sore (Short) (as Joe Ruttenberg)
 1934 Everybody Likes Music (Short)
 1934 The Knife of the Party (Short)
 1934 Henry the Ache (Short) (photographed by)
 1934 North of Zero (Short)
 1933 Poppin' the Cork (Short)
 1933 Strange Case of Hennessy (Short) (as Joe Ruttenberg)
 1933 The Good Bad Man (Short)
 1933 Change Your Luck (Short)
 1933 Hizzoner (Short) (as Joe Ruttenberg)
 1933 Million Dollar Melody (Short)
 1931 The Struggle
 1925 The Fool
 1923 Does It Pay?
 1922 Silver Wings
 1921 Beyond Price
 1921 Know Your Men
 1920/I The Thief (Short)
 1920 From Now On
 1920 The Shark
 1919 My Little Sister (as Joe Ruttenberg)
 1919 A Fallen Idol
 1919 Woman, Woman!
 1918/I Doing Their Bit
 1917/I The Slave
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Cinematographer for two Oscar Best Picture winners: Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Gigi (1958), and five other nominees: The Philadelphia Story (1940), Random Harvest (1942), Madame Curie (1943), Gaslight (1944) and Julius Caesar (1953). See more »

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